Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Wendy Red Star
May
30
2:00 PM14:00

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Wendy Red Star

Please join us for the KSMoCA Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which is open to members of the public and students at Dr. MLK Jr School. The lecture will take place in the school library.

Artist Wendy Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral to her practice, along with creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art.

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Jodie Cavalier: Belief
May
30
3:00 PM15:00

Jodie Cavalier: Belief

Belief is an exhibition of works by Jodie Cavalier in collaboration with the KSMoCA Curatorial Committee, Ana, Diana, Isaiah, Rocky, and Roz Crews. The works are part of a larger project on using traditional Mexican healing rituals as a form of storytelling and passing oral histories. The works in the this exhibition focus on the broom or brush as a medium to aid in removing fears, aliments, and negative energy from a person by lightly brushing the surface of their body.

Jodie Cavalier is a project based artist working with residuals of daily life, objects, food, and language. She earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She has participated in residencies at; the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah in 2014, Wassaic in 2016, and AZ West Wagon Encampment in 2017. Her work has been exhibited at the Schneider Museum (Ashland), the deYoung Museum (San Francisco), Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), CoCA (Seattle), EXO Project Space (Chicago), Städelschule (Frankfurt), among others. She currently has collaborative work on display with Zaira Salgado Gallardo at Portland Children's Museum with the Living School of Art in Portland, OR

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Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Big Rock Candy Mountain's "Edible Editions"
May
9
9:40 AM09:40

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Big Rock Candy Mountain's "Edible Editions"

Please join us for the KSMoCA Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which is open to members of the public and students at Dr. MLK Jr School. The lecture will take place in the school library.

For the past 7 years, Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed have been researching taste and flavor with groups of young people in public schools. In their current project, Big Rock Candy Mountain, they have produced several edible artist editions that publicly circulate classroom explorations of taste through the medium of candy.

At these launch events, Hannah & Helen will share some recent editions including QA CHEW’S BUBBLE TROUBLE (2018), a chewing gum developed with a Grade 6/7 class. BUBBLE TROUBLE contains a uniquely abstract blend of both fruity and sweet notes, with some sharp and earthy tones. Students have variously described the flavor as: “Hello Kitty bubble bath,” “pungent,” and “mysterious.” They will also present on their book, Multiple Elementary, which addresses classroom collaborations, participatory practices, adult-child relationships, and taste-making.

Big Rock Candy Mountain is a flavor incubator and taste-making think-tank between Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed and the students at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in East Vancouver, British Columbia/unceded Coast Salish Territories.

The project is comprised of edible editions, workshops, artist invocations, strange conversations, school ground installations and an Instagram conveyor belt of evolving ideas. Rather than investing in a single result, BRCM privileges the school as a kind of candy factory, engaged in a wide range of productive capacities and processes. Here, creative flavour-making, pop art riffs and explorations in kid-defined ‘persuasive’ language intersect with the larger context of economy, labour, taste-as-power and culturally defined objects of desire.

Big Rock Candy Mountain takes its name from the popular folk song that has been rewritten countless times to reflect changing comic utopia. Big Rock Candy Mountain is where we can hear a “buzzin’ of the bees in the peppermint trees, ’round the soda water fountains.” It is also a post-proportionate world where adults and rationality no longer define the rules and limits of what is possible.

Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling have been collaborating since 2006. Their projects take shape as public installations, social situations, and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples. They are currently fascinated with the contact high intrinsic to collaborative research, especially in their recent projects with children. Helen and Hannah have exhibited and performed internationally, with both individual and collaborative work appearing in such venues as: The Portland Art Museum (OR), The Dunlop Art Gallery (SK), Smack Mellon (NY), Doris McCarthy Gallery (ON), The Yukon Arts Centre Gallery (YT), YYZ Artists’ Outlet (ON), Carleton University Art Gallery (ON), Dalhousie University Art Gallery (NS), Bästa Biennalen (SE), The Vancouver Art Gallery (BC), The Power Plant (ON) and Flat Time House’s first issue of NOIT (UK). In Fall 2017 they released Multiple Elementary, a book that explores the elementary school classroom as a site of invention and reception of contemporary art practices, published by YYZBOOKS. Jickling and Reed are recipients of the 2016 Ian Wallace Award for Teaching Excellence (Emily Carr University of Art & Design), a 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Public Art (City of Vancouver) and a 2018 VIVA Award (Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts).

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Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Melanie Stevens
Apr
18
9:40 PM21:40

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Melanie Stevens

Please join us for the KSMoCA Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which is open to members of the public and students at Dr. MLK Jr School. The lecture will take place in the school library.

Melanie Stevens is an artist, illustrator and writer. She is the creator of the graphic novel series, WaterShed, and the co-founder and editor of Miss Anthology, an organization that supports and publishes racially and economically diverse young comic artists who identify as female or LGBTQIA+. She is also the co-curator of Nat Turner Project, a migratory gallery space that grants artists of color the freedom to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree for Political Science from Yale University and her Master’s of Fine Arts degree for Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she currently teaches.

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Who Gets To Decide?
Apr
12
3:15 PM15:15

Who Gets To Decide?

Partnership event with Design Week Portland. RSVP requested by not required on Eventbrite (click here).

The King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) invites Akasha Lawrence Spence of Fifth Element to ask fourth and fifth grade students, her firms founding question: Who gets to decide?

As the urban tissue of Portland changes rapidly before our eyes, the stakeholders of tomorrow get a chance to dissect these changes and create a world where they decide what stays, what goes, and what's introduced. With their imaginations fully engaged the students design a separate museum building for KSMoCA. Could the new museum building become a resource to cure housing inequities and food insecurity? Could it serve as a center for art, craft, and knowledge building, while creating spaces to gather and play? As the architects of their educational ecosystem, the students contemplate these questions while designing and building models of what their community could be if they had the power to decide. After the school-centered part of the event, the public portion will be 3:15-5:30PM.

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Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Byron Kim Synecdoche
Mar
18
9:00 AM09:00

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Byron Kim Synecdoche

In collaboration with artist Byron Kim, KSMoCA is creating a permanent installation at MLK Jr School which will feature a series of approximately 322 panels with photographs of each student’s skin color. This project is based on Kim’s project Synecdoche (1991–present), and it is funded by the Parent Teacher Association of MLK Jr School and KSMoCA.

On Monday, March 18 at 9:00 AM, Kim will be speaking about this work

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Exhibition Opening of Arnold Kemp: WORKSHOP
Mar
15
3:00 PM15:00

Exhibition Opening of Arnold Kemp: WORKSHOP

Despite changes in artistic attitudes and predilections, the basic format of the artist's workshop stayed largely the same from the Middle Ages through the 1800s. These workshops consisted of one lead artist and a group of dedicated students who in learning the artistic techniques of a leading artist graduated from apprentice to journeyman to master, at which point they started their own workshops. At some point The workshop became a reflexive space, a combination of the workroom and the study where the act of contemplation was incorporated into the process of painting itself. Small Works and Workshop features artwork by Arnold J. Kemp and students of King School students who, following Kemp's lead, have been incorporating elements of chance and concentrated periods of observation to challenge notions about art. Kemp’s works simultaneously emerged from a residency in the Printmedia Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. with special thanks to artists and professors Ayanah Moore and Oli Watt.

Arnold J. Kemp is an artist with works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Schneider Museum of Art and the Portland Art Museum. He is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and has also received awards and fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Art Matters Inc., Printed Matter, Inc., and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.  His work has been recently exhibited in Chicago at Iceberg Projects, in New York at May 68, in Mexico City at Biquini Wax EPS and in Portland at Fourteen 30 Contemporary. Kemp is the Dean of Graduate Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Arnold J. Kemp
Mar
15
2:00 PM14:00

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Arnold J. Kemp

Please join us for the KSMoCA Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which is open to members of the public and students at Dr MLK Jr School.

Arnold J. Kemp is an artist with works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Schneider Museum of Art and the Portland Art Museum. He is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and has also received awards and fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Art Matters Inc., Printed Matter, Inc., and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.  His work has been recently exhibited in Chicago at Iceberg Projects, in New York at May 68, in Mexico City at Biquini Wax EPS and in Portland at Fourteen 30 Contemporary. Kemp is the Dean of Graduate Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Art & Power: Restorative Justice
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Art & Power: Restorative Justice

Join us for the first Art & Power of 2019 as we focus on the intersection of art and restorative justice. As a result of systems rooted in white supremacy, people of color and people living in low-income households experience disproportionate levels of discrimination, criminalization and incarceration. How are artists using their practice to interrupt the school to prison pipeline and replace punishment with healing? Come listen to a panel of local artists, Janessa Narciso, Elijah Hasan, and Jesus Torralba, who are using art and their lived experience to engage in restorative justice work in Portland.

Please contact Humberto Marquez Mendez at hmarquezmendez@racc.org if you have any questions or need accommodations to fully participate in this program.

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Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Jodie Cavalier
Feb
21
9:40 AM09:40

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Jodie Cavalier

Please join us for the KSMoCA Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which is open to members of the public and students at Dr MLK Jr School!

Info about talk: Lately I have been thinking about storytelling as a medium or material. I've never been one to use traditional art materials so this idea was very natural for me. I am most interested in how we (humans) can slow down and see or imagine alternative narratives and possibilities in our world. I cook food, I tell stories, I take pictures, I write poems, I send postcards, I make objects, I take walks, I try to be funny, I collaborate with others, I make lists...

Artist Bio: Jodie Cavalier is a project based artist working with residuals of daily life, objects, food, and language. She earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She has participated in residencies at; the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah in 2014, Wassaic in 2016, and AZ West Wagon Encampment in 2017. Her work has been exhibited at the Schneider Museum (Ashland), the deYoung Museum (San Francisco), Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), CoCA (Seattle), EXO Project Space (Chicago), Städelschule (Frankfurt), among others. She currently has collaborative work on display with Zaira Salgado Gallardo at Portland Children's Museum with the Living School of Art in Portland, OR

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Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Victor Maldonado
Jan
17
9:40 AM09:40

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Victor Maldonado

Please join us for the first lecture in our new KSMoCA Visiting Artist Lecture Series program, which is open to members of the public and students at Dr MLK Jr School.

About Victor's Work:

Deploying traditional mediums including painting, printmaking and drawing alongside contemporary strategies such as performance, instillations and photography, Maldonado expresses the power of identity to author experience and perception. Their work is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR.

About Victor Maldonado:

Born in 1976 in Changuitrio, Michoacan, Mexico, they grew up in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California in a family of migrant field laborers. Currently serving as Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Maldonado holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Art(2000), and their MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of Art Institute in Chicago(2005).

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Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Mónica Mayer
Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Mónica Mayer

Please join us for the KSMoCA Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which is open to members of the public and students at Dr. MLK Jr School. The lecture will take place in the school library.

KSMoCA is excited to host Mónica Mayer (Mexico City) for our first public lecture of the 2018 - 2019 season. Mayer will talk about her work and Abrazos/Hugs, her upcoming exhibit and project at KSMoCA in collaboration with MLK Jr School students. Join us in the MLK Jr School Library on Thursday, November 8 from 9-10 AM.

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On Sanctuary & Safety: Long Table Discussion
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

On Sanctuary & Safety: Long Table Discussion

Free food by Los Mayas - Spanish Translation Provided

What does SAFETY means to you? How can Portland be a SANCTUARY for you and those you care about? Why are some of us not feeling SAFE?

We want your questions to engage in a community dialogue about sanctuary and safety in Portland. Everybody is invited to participate in this long table discussion! At the end, we will learn why is important to vote NO on Measure 105, which could end Oregon’s status as a sanctuary state.

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